Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Nelly..6 inch cloth and clay doll ~~SOLD~~



Nelly has sold..thank you so very much Jacki!!!

Good afternoon all...this is Nelly and she is 6 1/4 inches tall and will listed on the TDIPT site tonight at 9:00 pm sharp. Just click on the link on the upper right of this page. She is a dear. Her delicate dress is so sweet and I think she likes it!LOL. I am only allowed three pictures of each item listed so I added extra pics here. I was hoping to have a link to use paypal but I would not be able to offer layaway. So you will have to email me to purchase my items from there.

I hope you are all safe and warm with all this snow around....
Have a super day!
Kimberly






Thursday, December 9, 2010

A French Milliner's Head...



SALE PENDING...Thank you!

Good morning all! It is a very cold day here on the bay..only 7 degrees! Yikes! I am so thrilled to be invited to join TDIPT ( To Dwell In Primitive Thymes) website. What an honor to be among such tallented artists! This little beauty will be my first listing with them. She will be listed on the 14th of December at 9:00 pm along with a six inch doll I am currently working on. So please stop by and take a look at all the wonderful offerings from a great group of artists! Just click on the TDIPT link on the upper right of this page.


A couple weeks ago I was sorting through some old County Living magazines, I mean old! I started out looking for holiday recipes when I came across a picture of a living room. Sitting on a trunk was this beautiful French Milliner's head! I knew I had to make one.

French Milliner's heads were popular in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Milliners were found in every city and town. A hat was designed and created with the help of a "milliner's head." The milliner shaped, cut, pinned and fashioned the hat one the head. Then the finished hat was displayed in the shop.

A life-size head made of soft wood or papier-mache was used. Sometimes the top of the head was made of padded cloth so it was easier to pin the hat to the head. They usually measured fifteen inches tall, more life size.

Also on the back side of the head, down by the shoulder's there was a cut out made for storing scarves or jewelry for easy access when needed to decorate the head. They were sometimes lined with newspaper.

Now for my little creation..

I made this sweet French Milliner's head out of cloth, clay and wood. She measures only 7 inches tall. Hubby made a small wood box that I inset in the doll and lined with french newsprint. I used the same hair style as in the picture of the actual vintage head, I really love this look! She looks lovely tucked in with my other dolls and I almost kept her.

I have her pictured with Tempy (10 inch doll) and a framed needlework, that are not for sale, for size reference.

If you have any questions don't hesitate to email me,
Have a great day!
Kimberly